“What motivates me is working in a field where every day it's changing, it’s challenging, and it’s exciting.”
Meet Jessica Foley. She’s the Scientific Director at the Focused Ultrasound Foundation (FUSF) and a long-time advocate for greater use of the focused ultrasound, a revolutionary technology that allows for the treatment of numerous diseases without the danger of invasive surgery or a lengthy recovery time.
Watch Jessica’s story here.
Currently, MR-guided focused ultrasound surgery has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of uterine fibroids, and has obtained CE-mark approval in Europe for uterine fibroids and pain from bone metastases. However, the possibilities for this technology are countless - with ongoing clinical trials for breast tumors and brain tumors, and plans to begin additional research into it's impact on several other kinds of tumors, stroke, and epilepsy.
For over 12 years, Jessica has had a rich career as a scientist and researcher in this novel field. Before joining FUSF, she worked with InSightec and Medtronic, and also served as a 2011-2012 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation.
We met up with Jessica at last year’s Celebration of Science to talk about what she envisions for future generations of scientists and researchers and the challenges they may face with today’s economic shortcomings. She emphasized the need to elevate the role of science in our society so we can attract and engage tomorrow's innovators.
To learn more about the Focused Ultrasound Foundation visit http://www.fusfoundation.org.